The Student and Faculty Support Center at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB), has received LEED Platinum certification for its sustainable design and construction.
LPA, the project architect, says the five-story, 75,344-square-foot, $29 million building on the Hayward, Calif., campus houses offices for 300 faculty members, as well as support space and the campus welcome center. Construction was completed in December 2015.
The facility was built on the former site of Warren Hall, which served as the administration building and had been considered the signature facility on the campus. Warren Hall was torn down in 2013 after it was determined to be the most seismically vulnerable structure in the California State University system.
The new Student and Faculty Support Center optimizes energy performance with efficient designs for envelope, lighting and HVAC; the facility's energy efficiency that is 30 percent better than Title 24 standards.
Other sustainable elements of the facility include significant reductions in water use inside and outside the building, a reduction of heat island effects for roof and nonroof areas, and space set aside for storage and collection of recyclables. More than 75 percent of construction waste was diverted from from landfills.
Operable windows on the fourth and fifth floors provide natural ventilation, and site landscaping is carefully integrated with bio-retention stormwater management strategies to treat site runoff.